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Eddie Redmayne is the current frontrunner to star in the anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie is named after the textbook used in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's Care of Magical Creatures class.

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J.K. Rowling is writing the script for the film, which is tells the story of Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts. The project would cover Scamander's experiences in compiling the book, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series.

Redmayne, who recently won an Academy Award for The Theory of Everything, is the first choice to play the Scamander, but sources say the actor won't commit to the part until he reads the finished script.

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